Qantas Boeing 747 seating question

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1. Posted by Paul.Ralph (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If anybody is familiar or has traveled from US to Australia on their
747 aircraft, maybe you can help me with this question:

My wife and I are planning our first visit to Australia departing from
LA. We would prefer not to share the long flight with a stranger seated
next to us in the 3-seat rows by the windows (Economy).
There are a few 2-seat rows (70 through 73) at the very back (see


Are they too noisy, too crowded as people line up to use restrooms, or
is there any other downside to them?
I will appreciate any comments or opinions.



2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You get people lining up to go to the toilets and you can feel that your personal space is somewhat invaded. Plus, whilst lining up people tend to talk and so can upset your sleep.

I'd rather have a stranger next to me than be at the back near the toilets.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

It's also a bit more noisy towards the back and when everyone is stretching their legs (which will happen quite a bit on long flights) they'll be talking around you. The front is a lot more comfortable I think. Your best bet is to try and get as much leg room as possible, that is much more beneficial than not having someone next to you in my opinion.

Another thing about the back is that you are usually last to get your meals and drinks (hey, they could have run out of your preferred dinner by then!)

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

ps. not all airlines configure their seating the standard manner by the way...

5. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Paul, it's also possible that seats at the very back won't recline as much as standard seats.
Also, think of the single stranger having to share with you two strangers (no offence!).
I know where you're coming from, but one of you will probably end up with a stranger next to you (best make it the slimmer of you, to give you and the stranger most elbow room!).
Personally, I did 19 flights around the world and always took an aisle seat, as I can hang my arm out over the edge (at the risk of having it amputated by the food trolley) or stick my foot out for a stretch every now and then.
But then again, although they are the most cramped seats, I sat by the window on a recent flight home from Pisa and looked out of it for almost all the two hours home. Fabulous.
So I guess it depends on your personal preferences.

6. Posted by TomK (Full Member 66 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you just want to join the mile high club just go for the toilets!

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I was that single stranger beside two strangers on a flight from LA to Auckland! The couple was actually very nice and very helpful.

Since it's an overnighter, most people just sleep through the flight, anyway. Plus you never know - you may actually end up talking to the stranger and learning something about the place you're going to visit!

BTW, I took the window seat for that flight:


  • Easier to sleep (up agaist the window 'ledge')
  • No one disturbs your sleep getting up to use the bathroom
  • You get control of the window shade
  • Great view of the ocean!


  • Getting up to use the bathroom/walk/etc.
  • Other people have to pass you down your food/drinks/napkins/etc. (annoying when they're trying to sleep)
8. Posted by Paul.Ralph (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thank you guys for your input.

I will call Quantas this week to book the vacation and
I'll see what seats they have available. My wife thinks that
I am too picky and she will take any seat as long
as the plane goes to Australia. And she does not worry
too much about a stranger next to us, I believe she has
been watching too many Russel Crowe movies :(

Thanks again